Primary Runoff Election set for Tuesday

Staff Writer
Glen Rose Reporter
Shelby Slawson

Tuesday, July 14, will be the Primary Runoff Election Day, when Somervell County voters will decide two Somervell County Commissioners Court spots as well as voting for their favorite in the all-Republican runoff for the District 59 position in the Texas House of Representatives.

Election Day for the Primary Runoff will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. this Tuesday, with the voting location for residents of all four county precincts to be held in the Somervell County Expo Center, 202 Bo Gibbs Blvd. in Glen Rose. Early voting ended on Friday.

The runoff for Precinct 3 commissioner is between Lisa Andersen and Tammy Ray. In the March Republican Primary Election, Ray got the most votes with 128, while Anderson was the runner-up with 124.

The two contenders in the runoff for the Precinct 1 commissioner are Jeff Harris and Tonja “T.J.” Sims. In the March Primary, Harris had the most votes among the four original candidates, with 239, while Sims was second with 123.

Those winners in that Republican Runoff will be taking those positions starting in January because there are no Democrats or Independent candidates to face them in the November election.

Somervell County voters will also choose between challenger Shelby Slawson of Stephenville and incumbent J.D. Sheffield of Gatesville in the District 59 race for the Texas House of Representatives. There are no Democrat of Independent candidates in that District 59 race, so the winner of that Republican runoff election will effectively earn that seat in the Texas House.

In the March 3 Republican Primary Election, Slawson collected 46 percent of the votes, compared to 30 percent for Sheffield.

The runoff elections were originally scheduled for May 26, but were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

J.D. Sheffield